I came across paper crafting. Then it was kind of like the clouds parted and the rain went away and the birds came out to sing and all was right with the world. I had found my creative niche. Scrapbooking was my first jump into the paper crafting world and it was a fabulous place to start and I was cranking out the pages lickety split. So I added stamping and card making and all was good. But then I was like, whoa, wait a minute, is this all there is? Title, journaling, photos. Cardstock, stamp, ink. What’s next? I want more!
My imaginative brain was frantically searching for something to take it up a notch...or seven. Only, ten years ago, there weren’t a whole lot of options out there. Then I fell in with the ‘art school’ crowd and it was cool to watch them create their grand masterpieces and while I was interested, I didn’t want to do that. But the curious monkey in me started playing with all of their play things – a variety of pastes, gels, mediums and tools I’d never seen before. Or if I had, I’d turned a blind eye to them thinking they weren’t for me – the oh so un-creative one.
What would I do with those kinds of things in paper crafting? A decade later, I’m here to flip that question around and ask, what can’t I do with those kinds of things in paper crafting?
People tell me all the time I should teach classes about this subject and that one and I always nod my head and say I’ll think about it. Truth be told, the only classes you’ll see on my teaching schedule are the topics I’m most passionate about. If it doesn’t get me excited, if the thought of putting together a class doesn’t keep me up late at night and isn’t nudging me in my sleep with ideas of all that I can show you...then I’m not interested.
After all, I don’t want to take a class from someone who isn’t fanatical about the subject, and I don’t expect you to either!
The one thing people will tell you about me is that I tend to approach things a little differently than others. If you’ve ever been around a small child with a new toy, then you know what I’m talking about. They pick it up, twist it, shake it, bend it, bang it, turn it upside down and pretty much wring every little surprise possible out of it. Forget what the box says it can do; they’ll figure it out all on their own. That’s me.
I believe in giving yourself permission to play, to just sit and learn everything you can about something, learn all that it’s intended to do and then figure out all the things you can do on top of that. That’s what you can expect when taking a class from me – to get lost in the revelry of learning and doing and soaking up every ounce of crafty goodness that we call creativity.
In fact, it’s my own drive to find paper crafting knowledge and improve upon my own skills that led me to create The Art Studio. It was born from a need to offer my friends – my readers and subscribers – a place to learn. Not just scratch the surface learning, but get to the heart of it all learning. And in my quest to make The Art Studio the awesome place it is, I found amazing, talented, motivated and above all else, passionate instructors who love to teach the things that keep them up late at night scribbling notes in the dark so as not to wake snoring hubbies and little ones.
But you don’t have to take a class from me to get to know me. You can drop me an e-mail any time of the day and I’ll answer you. As much as I love getting craft, I love making friends even more.